Nutritionist Certification and Licensure in Nebraska

If you have a desire to work as a food specialist, if you think that you could help people with their dietary and nutritional issues and if you feel healthcare interests you then becoming a nutritionist might be the right choice for you. Being in this career you will get the chance to discover how healthcare system works. You will be trained in taking care of people’s diet as well as health. You may also carry on your own scientific research.

But, to think of becoming a nutritionist is not everything. In nearly every state, you might find degree programs in nutrition. These programs will prepare you completely to become a nutritionist. Once you have completed education, you will have to obtain some clinical experience under a licensed practitioner as employers recommend it. There is one more thing that is very essential to become a professional of the field and it is ‘licensure’. Licensure is a title protection for you. It ensures that you have successfully completed your professional education and now can practice legally.

The nutritionist certification in Nebraska is obligatory. It is one of the 50 states of the US where there has to be a ‘Licensure of medical nutrition therapist’. This state has some rules and regulations for obtaining a licensure and the rules must be properly followed by you to become a nutritionist.

Nebraska Board of Nutritionist

In Nebraska, the board of licensure is Board of Medical Nutrition Therapy. It has members which are responsible to issue license for practitioners. The meetings are held at least once in a year where the board members meet. General public can also be a part of this meeting.  Some of the members of this board (as of Nov 20120) are:

  • Whitney Sears Goldner, MD
  • Toni J. Kuehneman, MS, RD, LMNT
  • Karen S. Miller, MS, RD, LMNT
  • William P. Moore, M.Div.

Medical Nutrition Therapy Licensure

You should know that in Nebraska the licensure is obtained for medical nutrition therapist. It has been stated by the board that no one in the state will be allowed to practice until he or she has become licensed.

Requirements for Licensure

You should know that these are the requirements for getting licensed.

  • To get enrolled for licensure you must be at least 19 years old.
  • You must submit or file an application for licensure.
  • You must have a good moral character to apply for licensure.
  • You must be a resident of US.
  • You must have a baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Your courses should major in dietetics, food and nutrition and human nutrition.
  • You must have completed a clinical experience under supervision of a licensed nutritional therapist.
  • You must have passed the examination for licensure as presented by using the Angoff Method.

Application Method

You are supposed to pick the application form from the board and then submit it by taking care of all the requirements listed below. You should also bear in mind that application fee is non refundable. Write your:

  • Name or maiden name (if appropriate)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Address of mailing
  • Social security number, alien registration number or form I-94 number.
  • Telephone number
  • Current email address (optional)
  • Fax number (optional)
  • Citizenship

 Documents that have to be submitted with application are:

  • Driving license
  • Birth Certificate
  • Record that gives date of birth
  • License of marriage that gives date of birth
  • Identification Card

Degree Programs

There are both undergraduate and graduate programs available in nutrition and health sciences. Some of the degrees are in nutrition science, nutrition, exercise and health science, PhD in community nutrition & health promotion and master’s in food literacy, quality & safety. You might even go for online degrees if you do not have enough expenses to afford a campus based degree. Typically a nutrition degree consists courses like:

  • Medical Nutrition
  • Human Physiology
  • Biomolecules & Metabolism
  • Food & Nutrition for Healthy Living

Salary and Job Outlook

The salary that nutritionists and dietitians earned in 2011 was $46,760 per year and $22.48 per hour in Nebraska. There were almost 420 nutritionists available in this year in Nebraska (BLS).

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